When you get close enough to the top of the mountain and come up just short, it can leave you with a burning desire to get back.
For the Scotus boys basketball team, they have come up just short of the ultimate prize in each of the last three years, and for the seniors on the team, they realize that this is their last chance to win the ultimate prize.
Scotus senior Nathan Ostdiek thinks that last year’s loss in the state semifinals is actually helping benefit the team this season
“When we lost to Adams Central in that semi, everyone was disappointed. It was pretty easy to keep the drive going and come in the gym in the summer and really put in work,” said Ostdiek.
Although last year’s loss has provided the motivation for this season, the Scotus senior class has been thinking about this year from the moment they stepped in the high school
“We have been counting down the days until our senior year, because a lot of us have been playing together since freshman year. We always knew when it was our time senior year we were going to make something good happen,” said Dalton Taylor.
And while starting 9-0 is exactly how the team envisioned they would start their senior season, they understand that with their success and the #2 ranking in the latest state C-1 poll, that they have a large target on their back.
“We like when people are more aggressive towards us because we are undefeated. It just gets us more pumped up for our game,” said senior Cody Mroczek.
Scotus coach Tyler Swanson knows that in order to achieve the teams ultimate goal, that they will need to continue to get better. He has relied heavily on the senior leaders of the team to help get that point across.
“It’s really easy for me to look at any of those seniors that have been playing for a long time, to say ‘hey we aren’t practicing very well, lets get these guys up’, and they do it. They are a very hungry group of kids, they keep pushing me to make us better, they us to do certain things in practice, they are a catchable group of kids, they are a smart group of kids. There’s probably some good coaches in that group here in the future, ” said Scotus coach Swanson.
The seniors on the team are hoping that in their final year at Scotus that they will be able to hang that elusive championship banner.